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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Crater Lake National Park Walk to Phantom Ship viewpoint

Crater Lake was formed in Oregon only 7,700 years ago by the  eruption and collapse of a volcano, Mount Mazama.
The cinder cone near the western edge of the lake is known as Wizard Island. It's in the center of the picture.

I took a walk to Sun Notch and the Phantom Ship viewpoint and found a few friends on the trail


Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels Callospermophilus lateralis are adorable! Visit them with me! 

The water in the lake is only from rain and snow melt. Climate change concerns are being felt, as less precipitation is falling in the Oregon Cascades mountain range.

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, but the water level has been steadily dropping in the last decade.
For more weekly hikes and nature, visit us at
Winter Walk at Lake Tahoe, CA (white-headed woodpecker) 
Winter Walk at Big Bear Lake, CA (pygmy nuthatch, Steller's jay)
Stroll Kew Gardens, London (European robin)

Hiking Los Virgenes Open Space, CA (coyote)
L.A. River Thru Atwater Village (black-necked stilt, Canada geese, coyote)
Walking to Ft. Tryon and the Cloisters, New York City (black morph fox squirrel) 

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